Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Play Clock - Listen
There’s a new rule in football this year that provides the offense more time to draw up a play and prepare matchups when the defense commits a foul.
In the past, if the defense committed a foul, the play clock would be set to 25 seconds, potentially changing the approach by the offense entirely.
Under the change, when the defense or receiving team commits a foul, the play clock will start at 40 seconds, giving the offense an extra 15 seconds to prepare their scheme for the next play.
For all other administrative stoppages, including fouls against the offense or kicking team, the play clock will be set to 25 seconds when play resumes.